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Columbia Cougars Defeated by Westfield Blue Devils

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Westfield's Jack Curry scampers for a three yard touchdown in the second quarter. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Columbia's Donte Rolley breaks free for a short yard gain. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Columbia's Brandon Robinson (5) throws a screen pass to Orterro Felton (24). Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Tom Morley (left) and Jack Curry (27) embrace after Curry's fourth touchdown. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Junior quarterback Philip Martini leading the Blue Devil charge. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Ishmael Gasko returns a kickoff for 70 yards to the house in the third quarter. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jack Curry is awarded the game ball. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Westfield head coach Jim DeSarno's post game pep talk. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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WESTFIELD, NJ – A five-touchdown, record-breaking performance by Westfield running back Jack Curry led the second-seeded Blue Devils to a 49-14 win over Columbia in Saturday’s NJSIAA North 2 Group 5 playoff game.

Curry became the new Westfield High School rushing leader on Saturday, breaking Glen Kehler’s record of 2797 yards set in 1974. He also tied the school record for touchdowns in a single game, and has scored 20 in the past five games.

“It’s a dream come true,” Curry said after the game. “There’s a lot of great running backs that have come through this program and to be talked about amongst them is just unbelievable.”

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The Cougars had a difficult time against the Blue Devils, who ended the first half with two consecutive sacks from big men Kyle Dombrowski and Jeff Gagum, along with a 28-point lead.

Matt Varano added a 65-yard rushing touchdown for Westfield in the third quarter, and Ishmael Glasko padded the stats with a 70-yard kickoff return touchdown as well.

Columbia, who could not build stop the Westfield offense, showed some signs of life late in the game when Kiambu Jones and Orterro Felton both punched in short-yardage touchdowns to put the Cougars on the board.

Despite the effort, the visiting seventh-seeded Cougars were defeated by the Blue Devils, who advance to play Union in the semifinal round.

“From here on out, every team we play is going to be really tough no matter what. We just gotta come prepared and come out hot like we did today,” Curry said.

Westfield will look to keep the ball in the hands of their leading rusher when they take on the six-seeded Farmers on Saturday, Nov. 21.

“I’ve been here for ten years, we’ve broken a lot of the passing records, but to break some of the rushing records – that’s exciting,” Coach Jim DeSarno said. “[Jack Curry and the offensive line] have made me look good calling plays, that’s what they’ve done. It’s an exciting time to be a Westfield football player and these guys will come back to work on Monday and be ready to go.”

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